We found our accommodation in Canberra at the home of the Summer Car Nats otherwise known as Exhibition Park (EPIC). It’s very close to the centre of Canberra, so handy for sightseeing which was the plan for our three nights. We arrived late in the day so after setting up called it a day.
On Tuesday we set out for Floriade and had a great time looking at the beautiful displays. There was a theme of iconic Australian inventions such as the Victa Lawnmowers, Hills Hoists, black box flight recorder and also recognition that 2007 has been declared the Year of the Lifesaver by the Federal Government.
The Hills Hoist was developed by a returned serviceman after the second World War who was ‘requested’ by his wife to make a better line for her washing! The display of flowers was magnificent and on a beautiful day made for a very enjoyable start to our stay.
Afterwards we went to Old Parliament House where a very interesting exhibition entitled Scarred and Strengthened – Australians in the Great Depression was well worth the visit.
On Wednesday we spent an inspiring day at the War Memorial. One of the special displays for me was the Changi Quilts which I had read so much about. The whole day was just awe inspiring and it will take us a few days talking as we travel to really appreciate all that we saw. We arrived at 10.30am and left at 4.30pm so it was a very busy day.
On Thursday morning we head off for home, planning two nights on the road and hopefully arriving home in time to see some of the AFL Grand Final!